In a press release, The USB 3.0 Promoter Group announced that the next generation of the USB has begun development. This new USB will be a new type of USB, as it becomes the new Type C version. It will be built on USB 3.1 and USB 2.0 technologies, and this new type will able to enhance the usability and allow thinner and sleeker product designs.
So how does this type C differ? It will be a different design from traditional USB drives as we know them today, and should be similar in size to the Micro-USB 2.0. But one of the coolest and most wanted feature is the ability for the USB to be reversible.
“While USB technology is well established as the favored choice for connecting and powering devices, we recognize the need to develop a new connector to meet evolving design trends in terms of size and usability,” said Brad Saunders, USB 3.0 Promoter Group Chairman. “The new Type-C connector will fit well with the market’s direction and affords an opportunity to lay a foundation for future versions of USB.”
So what does this mean for your old USB drives? Unfortunately, they will not work with the new version, and the new Type C will require adapters to be able to use them with the older USB models. As of now, there are no images for the press to view.
These new models will be implemented for public release by the middle of 2014, and industry review will happen in the first quarter of 2014.
This is a huge change in the direction of the USB market. Yes consumers will be quite angry if they cannot use their old USB devices, and it will affect many products we use today, including external hard drives. As for manufactures, I can actually see them implementing both USB 2.0/3.0 ports, as well as the new USB Type C port on their devices, similar to how we see USB 2.0 and 3.0 ports on consumer products. However, I don’t think USB 2.0/3.0 will be phased out entirely, similar to how DVDs haven’t been phased out when Blu-Ray disks came out.
I personally welcome a change in the USB market, and I think this will be able to help push the USB to new heights. Leave your comments below on what you think.